Bays Mountain Park to welcome two new bobcats

Bays Mountain Park will soon provide a new home to two bobcat kittens. Park Ranger Rhonda Goins is on her way to Montana this weekend to pick up the park’s newest inhabitants, two young bobcat brothers.

The bobcats have been described as ‘best buds’ and ‘very sweet’ so park staff are eager to start working with the two brothers. Before being placed with Bays Mountain Park, the bobcats were raised in captivity in Montana. They were born at an accredited zoological facility on May 3, 2022, and were two of a litter of four. Their two sisters will be serving as animal ambassadors at another facility.

“We are very excited to house two new bobcats at Bays Mountain,” said Chief Ranger Tyler Wicks. “It is an amazing opportunity to educate the public about this elusive and secretive cat that is native to our area. We hope they will live long and happy lives here like all of the bobcats we have housed previously.”

Once the bobcats arrive at the park, they will be placed in quarantine while park rangers work to get them accustomed to people and their new environment. Park staff are working on adding several additions to the bobcat habitat to provide both safety and enrichment for the bobcats.

The new bobcats’ names will be announced at a later date. Follow along with the bobcat brothers’ progress on the Bays Mountain Park Facebook page and Instagram.